Nine Texas killers' executions have been postponed this year, the Dallas Morning News reports. The cases raise hopes among capital punishment opponents that new and successful avenues for appeal are gaining momentum. The Texas Attorney General's Office said that all of the cases in question involved issues of mental retardation or the age of the defendant at the time of the crime. Jim Harrington of the Texas Civil Rights Project believes the recent spate of stays does not mean the end of the death penalty in Texas, but perhaps a mellowing in its application. "Clearly something is happening . . .
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